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S. Korea, US say N. Korea fires midrange missile

S. Korea, US say N. Korea fires midrange missile

London [U.K.], May 21::North Korea on Sunday tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Sunday from a location near Pukchang.

North Korea tested a Hwangsong-12 ICBM on May 14 which the council criticized, while the United States tested ICBMs on April 26 and May 3 without criticism, the Pyongyang envoy said.

North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for a weapons program that aims at having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike America.

The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Seoul's incoming left-leaning government has taken a more conciliatory line with Pyongyang than its conservative predecessors, but reacted strongly to the latest two missile tests.

That was a Pukguksong-2 (or Polaris-2), a land-based version of North Korea's submarine-launched missile.

And Sunday's test comes just days after the US Navy said the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan would soon be off the Korean Peninsula, where the carrier USS Carl Vinson is now operating.

The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) said the missile landed in the East Sea and characterized it as a "medium range" ballistic missile.




Recall, may 16, the United Nations security Council unanimously condemned the ballistic missile launches conducted by the DPRK on 28 April and 13 may and demanded that Pyongyang not conduct more tests.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the missile launches "trample on efforts by the worldwide community towards a peaceful solution and are a challenge to the world", Kyodo News reported.

But so far Washington has opted for sanctions and diplomatic pressure, while looking to China, the North's closest ally, to step up economic pressure on Pyongyang.

Today's missile launch came hours after Moon named his new foreign minister nominee and top advisers for security and foreign policy. He did not make a public statement after the meeting.

U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States was working with Beijing on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.

"We all have to send a sign to North Korea, and that is: "No more".

"Many more "Juche weapons" capable of striking the U.S. will be launched from this land".


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